Head Louse

Head Louse

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Caption: Plate from 18th century encyclopedia showing an illustration of a human head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis), an obligate ectoparasite of humans. Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire life on the human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood. Humans are the only known hosts of this specific parasite, while chimpanzees host a closely related species, Pediculus schaeffi. Other species of lice infest most orders of mammals and all orders of birds.

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Keywords: blood, ectoparasite, encyclopedia, hair, head lice, head louse, human, human blood, human head louse, illustration, insect, lice, louse, wingless

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